Why do you need to degauss a hard drive disk when you can just smash it with a hammer?
I was lookng into getting a magnetic degausser to wipe my hard drive clean, but can't I just smash the HD disk into little pieces and throw it away in two or three separate garbage bags?
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Traciatim said:If what you have is that important, just take the platters out and smash them in to pieces. No one is rebuilding a platter that's in a couple hundred pieces and getting data off of it. What the heck would you have on a drive that you need to resort to any of this is beyond me though.
Thank you so much for your help. The computer I have is very old and does not work anymore. It has been sitting around my house for years because I don't know how to get rid of the hard drive -- other than paying $25.00 or so to get the HD erased at a computer store. (I also read that the software programs don't erase everything). I tried re-installing the System but I just get a black screen...nothing. I figure it is broken for good and so I'd better destroy the HD. I am obviously not a "tech head" - as you may have guessed, and so I never thought that I could re-use the HD. I bet there are a lot of folks out there like me who have computers and laptops stored away in their closet not knowing or not wanting to deal with this.